Nancy Gohring

Seattle, WA USA

Professional Experience

I'm a full-time freelancer with clips from the New York Times, Wired, CNN/Money and The Economist. I write most often about technology but have written about a wide range of topics including letterpress printing, alcohol stills and backyard chickens. I'm working on stories related to the legalization of marijuana in Washington state and the takeover of hospitals by Catholic institutions. I've also branched out into science writing following a short stint writing about atmospheric science and oceanography research at the University of Washington. In addition to journalism writing, I'm a successful grant writer. For City Fruit, the nonprofit I helped found, I developed and wrote applications resulting in awards of tens of thousands of dollars from city, state and private funders, including foundations and individuals.


7 Years
15 Years
15 Years


5 Years
1 Year
15 Years


Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
4 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
2 Years
Wire Service
7 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

15 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

CITEworld (10+), ITworld (10+), Computerworld (6-10), CNN/Money (3-5), The Economist (6-10), The Magazine (3-5), (1-2), MIT Technology Review (1-2), Seattle Magazine (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

City Fruit (nonprofit) (10+)

Other Work History

I wrote on staff in Dublin and Seattle for IDG News Service, a news wire serving hundreds of tech publications around the world. During my previous stint freelancing, I wrote a handful of stories for the New York Times. I also spent a few months on a temporary gig in the Seattle Times new room and wrote frequently for the paper on a freelance basis. Early in my career I wrote on staff for trade magazines including Telephony and Interactive Week. I was also a writer for Imagination Publishing, a custom publisher in Chicago. I also co-founded City Fruit, a nonprofit that collects and donates fruit from Seattle backyards. For five years I was the primary grant writer for City Fruit and successfully brought in tens of thousands of dollars from city, state and private funders.

Foreign Language Skills

Some Spanish, German and Bulgarian

Computer Skills

Office, Windows


Laptop, audio recorder, digital camera


Story of the year award from IDG News Service for my investigative series that helped bring down a pyramid scheme.



As municipalities and businesses replace old lighting with environmentally friendly LED lights, they're learning they can do a lot more with the fixtures.
I write about going without Internet access while traveling in Belize.
The City of Seattle is working with energy companies on a plan that would collect waste heat from downtown data centers to heat new buildings, including potentially one being built by Amazon.
Soon, nearly half the hospital beds in Washington will be managed by organizations related to Catholic healthcare providers. Patients should be aware that some Catholic institutions forbid doctors from activities including prescribing contraception for family planning or doing vasectomies.
Many people, including some at big corporations, are learning the hard way about copyright and patent issues in the 3D printing world.
Even though Washington farmers are asking agriculture researchers at WSU for advice about growing marijuana, WSU doesn't feel it can help them because federal laws still prohibit growing marijuana. Since much of WSU's funding comes from the federal government, the university has a lot to lose.
One Major League Baseball team, which declined to be named, has invested in a supercomputer, according to the CEO of Cray, the company that sold the computer. The team will use it to analyze player performance in order to make decisions during games.
A retired Weyerhaeuser scientist makes stills that are used in distilleries around the world.
More enterprises are building their own private clouds.
In what will be the largest expansion of FM radio in the nation's history, the Federal Communications Commission will begin distributing licenses to registered nonprofit organizations that want to start low-power FM radio stations.
The legendary Cray came out with one of its least expensive supercomputers.
A Seattle company just sold machines to seven Whole Foods Grocery stores that will turn food waste into fertilizer that can be used on organic farms.
Few people with Android phones realize their phones can measure atmospheric pressure. A University of Washington scientist is working with an app maker to collect pressure data from Android phones in hopes of better predicting severe weather events.
Most people wouldn't think of using a spreadsheet, commonly used by accountants, to plan a Disney vacation. But it turns out that many Disney enthusiasts use and share spreadsheets to make the most of their visits to the theme park.
When NGO descended into Haiti following the devastating hurricane, they built their own communications networks. More than a month after the hurricane, however, those networks were competing with those built by local companies desperate for customers.
Residents of a tiny Washington town worry that exhaust from diesel generators used by new data centers in town will be bad for their health.
A UW scientists was surprised at the variety and volume of songs she recorded of bowhead whales in the Fram Strait. The recordings could signal a rebound for the endangered whales or indicate a unique singing pattern for bowheads.
Big data has come to agriculture. But farmers worry about what it means to hand over valuable data about their operations to the likes of Monsanto.
A University of Washington expert says it's better for scientists to study geoengineering than leave it up to groups that might have ulterior motives.
When T-Mobile announced it was eliminating phone subsidies, an executive from Telefonica, which tried the same thing in Spain, predicted that T-Mobile faces "disaster."
I broke the news that Dell would delay for a year the launch of its public cloud service.
The grandson of one of the sherpas to accompany Edmond Hilary on the first successful climb of Mt. Everest built a wireless network that offered Internet access to climbers at base camp. The more important plan was to use the same equipment to provide distance learning to impoverished schools nearby during the climbing off season.